Here's a new twist to the Rakhi Sawant versus Censor Board controversy. The firecracker Sawant threatens to go on a hunger strike if the bleep isn't removed from the word kamini in her new song with ishQ Bector.
According to Rakhi Sawant, it's not the word kamine but kamini that has been bleeped from a song in her latest album titled Jhagde. The duo has taken action against the industry's regulatory body for being unfair to them.
"The censor board has double standards," insist Rakhi and ishQ. "Main bachpan se Dharam ji ki filmon mein 'kamine' word sunti aa rahi hu. Kaminey naam ki film release ho sakti hai, to humare gaane se Censor Board ko kya problem hai? Sabse zyada tajub ki baat to ye hai ki humare gane me kamini word ke upar objection uthaya gaya hai na ki kamine." (I have grown up watching Dharam ji's movies with a mention of the word kamine. If the Censor Board can approve a film titled Kaminey, why does it have a problem with the usage of the word in our song? What shocked me most was that the Censor Board has an objection with the word kamini but not kamine!).
She also adds, "Iska kya matlab hai? Isqiya film me Vidya Balan sari pehen ke daru pii rahi hai, uspe to kisi ne aapatti nahi ki. To sirf isliye ki main Rakhi Sawant hu, unko humare gane se problem hai?" . (In the film Ishqiya, a sari-clad Vidya Balan can consume alcohol and dance and no one objects. So, just because I am Rakhi Sawant, they have a problem with me?)
"Now, I am just waiting to hear from the Board. If they don't remove the bleep, toh main bhookh hadtal pe chali jaungi, (I shall go on a hunger strike)," fumes Rakhi.
Agreeing with Rakhi, IshQ adds, "When translated in English, kamine means rascal or idiot, so what is the big deal? When they can pass an entire film called Kaminey, what sense does it make to delete the word kamine from our video and that too, without giving us any reason whatsoever." When we asked ishQ about the UA certifications that were given to the film Kaminey, unlike their song, the singer promptly replies, "The promos were all over TV and with or without the certification – the title of the movie was grabbing eyeballs. So, why the ruckus over the use of the word in my song?"
The mukhda of the song is Kamine tera bhoot chad gaya re. "But after the word being bleeped out, our song loses its meaning," says ishQ, who has also written the lyrics.
The Censor Board is yet to respond to the legal notice served by Sawant and Bector. Let's see what eventually comes out of the jhagde!